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Pastel Underpainting Freedom

Most pastelists utilize some form of an underpainting technique to mass in the large areas of a composition. In the end, major portions of the underpainting may show through providing a partnership and added dimension to the final painting.Getting the Values Right: No matter which underpainting approach (utilitarian or creative) you embrace, there is one factor that can’t be ignored: if the general value (degree of lightness and darkness) is not represented in the major spaces of the painting’s underpainting, no matter how beautiful the colors are, it will ultimately have to be covered.
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Find Your Art Subject

Painterly Pumpkins

This fall, find new inspiration from a venerable autumn icon.by McKenzie GrahamThis is an excerpt from The Artist’s Life in Magazine (October 2013). Click here to read the full issue.The squash is a humble vegetable. It’s subjected yearly to eager hands equipped with carving knives, and then, it’s inevitably left to rot on front porches across America, while our attention moves to plants of the evergreen sort.
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Drawing

Drawing Basics: Drawing People in Ink Frees You

Inktober Is the Month to ExploreEvery fall a subject that fades during summer comes back with a vengeance: pen and ink sketching. A while back, one of our members reached out about sketching on mass transit, drawing quick doodles and sketches of people on the go.It reminded me to find the work of one such artist who does that exceptionally well: Marvin Franklin.
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Techniques and Tips

Underpainting With Oil Paints

Starting pastel paintings with a thin, wet, loose underpainting is something many artists enjoy. Depending on the medium used and the surface it applied to, it can have a variety of appearances.Personally I have utilized some form of underpainting from the earliest years of my painting adventure. Thin watercolor and oil washes have becoming two of my favorites.
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Art Demos

Where to Find Down-to-Earth Mentors

Robert Johnson strikes the perfect balance between master artist and down-to-earth mentor, supporting his students while pushing them to create the best works that they can. At a recent three-day workshop sponsored by The Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia, Johnson led students through the stages of creating a still life flower painting with oils.
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Drawing

Common Tools and Found Objects for Mixed Media Art

Everyday Objects Perfect for Mixed Media ArtistsTo take mixed media art to its heights, you have to be a bit of an adventurer — a tinkerer — a risk taker. Rae Missigman is all the above when it comes to her art. But she’s a detective as well. She sleuths out the common tools and everyday objects we walk by every day that are perfect for making art marks.
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